American Legion Purpose Statement

American Legion Purpose Statement
Becoming a Member of the American Legion
Preamble of The American Legion
American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 173
Auxiliary Programs
Auxiliary Membership Benefits
Department of New York and 7th District American Legion Auxiliary Officers
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The purpose of the American Legion is to serve the needs of Veterans of all wars, their widows, and dependent children.  We are also active in developing and promoting legislative activities that establish or protect the rights of Veterans.
Here in Bath we have a VAMC that serves a large portion of our Veterans in upstate NY.  Our members are involved in or are responsible for developing many activities at the VA that will benefit our Veteran residents.
There is also a large National Cemetary located adjacent to the VAMC.  Our post was instrumental in purchasing land to allow for the expansion of the cemetary.   

Organization Purpose

As stated in the preamble to the Constitution of the American Legion, "For God and Country we associate ourselves together for the following purposes:
     To uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America; to maintain law and order; to foster and perpetuate a one-hundred percent Americanism; to preserve the memories and incidents of our association in the Great Wars; to inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state and nation; to combat the autocracy of both the classes and the masses; to make right the master of might; to promote peace and good will on earth; to safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of justice, freedom and democracy; to consecrate and santify our comradeship by our devotion to mutual helpfulness."  We hope to add new members so we will be able to grow and expand. We also want to have fun while when we are together and working on projects. By developing relationships and friendships, the organization will become even stronger. 

Our Mission

Our mission is to further promote the interests of our organization and our members to the community. We strive to make a difference by educating the public and expanding our reach.